Medical experts and musicians will meet in New York next month for the first-ever Musician's Dystonia Summit. The conference on 9 and 10 March will explore the latest research and treatment possibilities for dystonia, a neurological condition that in musicians is characterised by involuntary muscle spasms triggered by playing an instrument.

Focal dystonia has affected the careers of numerous performers, including violinists Heime Müller, Reinhard Goebel and Peter Oundjian.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is convening the summit, which will include presentations on neurobiology, biomechanics, medical imaging, genetics, treatments, rehabilitation, surgery, future research, and advice on preventing dystonia.